Monday, February 11, 2013
Please Pray for South Africa
I had a writing-related blog post prepared for today. Because of time-zone differences, I usually wait until the morning my posts are due before publishing them. Yesterday I saw something in the news that shook me to my core and robbed me of most of my sleep last night.
South Africa is fast gaining a reputation as the rape capital of the world. The statistics are mind-boggling. What happened to Anene Booysen in Bredasdorp on February 2nd, however, is beyond belief. 17 year old Anene was on her way home when she was raped, mutilated, and left for dead. She passed away later in hospital, having named one of her three attackers.
I would advise you not to read the details of the crime. I woke up last night in a cold sweat. As a father of a girl not much older than Anene, my mind struggled to cope with the possibility that there are people in this world who can commit such a barbaric act.
So instead of posting my usual blog, I would like to ask you to pray for South Africa. The sexual violence so prevalent in that beautiful country needs to stop, and only God can turn men's hearts from evil. Please pray for Anene's family and friends, especially Anene's mother.